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article imageSpain: Man with revolver breaks into house of former PP treasurer

By Anne Sewell     Oct 24, 2013 in World
Madrid - A 64-year-old man, armed with an antique revolver and dressed as a prison chaplain, broke into the family home of jailed former Partido Popular (PP) treasurer Luis Bárcenas on Wednesday afternoon.
Police arrested the suspect, one Enrique Olivares García, who sources say has “psychiatric problems and a long record.”
Posing as a priest, he persuaded a maid to let him in, before he pulled out the revolver, threatening those present in the house, including Bárcenas’ wife, Rosalía Iglesias, the couple’s son, Guillermo, the maid and a security guard.
Police said that he then tied up the occupants for an hour until Bárcenas’ son, Guillermo, managed to free himself. The son reportedly leaped on to the intruder and disarmed him.
Once free, Iglesias ran out to the balcony and shouted for help and a neighbor phoned the emergency services.
Luis Bárcenas  former treasurer for the Partido Popular (PP)  Spain
Luis Bárcenas, former treasurer for the Partido Popular (PP), Spain
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According to Bárcenas’ lawyer, the intruder demanded “pen drives and hard disks to oust the government” once he had tied up and gagged the home's occupants.
The intruder, who El Mundo (in Spanish) say has psychological problems and a criminal record, was trying to gain access to a flash drive which allegedly contains details of all the under-the-table payments made by Bárcenas to PP members in a scandal which has been in the Spanish headlines for the past year.
Bárcenas has testified in court that he made payments to various politicians, who all deny having received such funds including the Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy.
It was later confirmed by police that the pre-Spanish Civil War gun with which Olivares threatened the family was loaded with blanks.
There is a history of the intruder in the Spanish media. An extract of a letter written by Olivares has been published by El País newspaper (in Spanish) in which he wrote to regional daily El Diario de Castilla-La Mancha in 2011.
In the letter Olivares slammed Spain’s secretary general María Dolores de Cospedal for “cutting welfare benefits” to people with physical and mental problems.
He wrote:
“Disabled people in Spain have to live on €11 ($15) a day."
"You promised there wouldn’t be spending cuts in your electoral campaign and you lied to us."
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